The resources below are recommended to support GCSE Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History qualifications. 

Free training and ongoing support can be provided to any UK state schools interested in introducing or developing the teaching of classical subjects at Key Stage 4.  

The Cambridge Latin Course

LATIN: Textbook-based narrative course to take pupils from beginners to GCSE level

The Cambridge Latin Course (CLC) adopts a reading approach and is the most popular Latin course used in UK schools. The core resource is a series of five textbooks. These are currently available in ‘WebBook’ format for free here and are supported by a full suite of free online resources

The Eduqas Latin GCSE (9–1) is especially well suited to schools following the Cambridge Latin Course. To promote the growth of Latin at Key Stage 4, the Cambridge Schools Classics Project (CSCP) has developed a wide range of resources to support students and teachers studying the Eduqas Latin GCSE course. All materials are freely available on the CSCP website.

For more advice about suitable resources, timescales and options for teaching GCSE Latin, please email contact@classicsforall.org.uk 

Latin to GCSE Part 1 & 2

LATIN: Two part course for those studying GCSE Latin

This course supports the new OCR specification for Latin (first teaching 2016). Written by two experienced school teachers, the course is based on a keen understanding of what pupils find difficult, concentrating on the essentials and on the explanation of principles in both accidence and syntax. 

Part 1 covers the basics and is self-contained, with its own reference section. It outlines the main declensions, a range of active tenses and a vocabulary of 275 Latin words to be learned. After the grammar points, each chapter concentrates on stories with one source or subject: the Fall of Troy, the journeys of Aeneas, the founding of Rome and the early kings.

Part 2 introduces a wider range of grammatical forms and constructions, with a vocabulary of 450 words and reading material about the developing Republic, the war with Hannibal, the rise of Julius Caesar, and Augustus and the early emperors. Practice passages and revision sentences for GCSE complete Part 2, which has a reference section covering the whole course.

Bloomsbury's companion website offers answer keys to Parts 1 and 2 and extra resources. 

For more advice about suitable resources, timescales and options for teaching GCSE Latin, please email contact@classicsforall.org.uk

Association for Latin Teaching

LATIN: support materials for those teaching GCSE and A Level Latin

This site provides access to JACT teaching notes and back issues of the Journal of Classics Teaching (JCT). Other resources include audio files of GCSE and A-level set texts, reading lists and songs in Latin, as well as a collection of Roman and Greek artefacts which can be hired for use in the classroom. Teachers wishing to use the site need to register first here. 

Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project

LATIN: free online resources relevant to GCSE Latin language and Roman Life topics

A range of free education resources and activities, which can be used for teaching both Latin language and Roman Life topics to a range of age groups. These resources include fact sheets, power-point slides and craft activities with accompanying notes for teachers. Visit the project website here. 

Greek to GCSE Part 1 & Part 2

GREEK: Two part course for those studying GCSE Classical Greek

This course supports the new OCR specification for Classical Greek (first teaching 2016) and offers a fast-track route to GCSE for those with limited time. It aims to be user-friendly, but also to give pupils a firm foundation for further study. 

Part 1 covers the basics: the main declensions, a range of active tenses and a vocabulary of 275 Greek words to be learned. Pupil confidence is built up by constant consolidation of the material covered. After the preliminaries, each chapter concentrates on stories with one source or subject: Aesop, the "Odyssey" and Alexander the Great. 

Part 2 introduces a wider range of grammatical forms and constructions, with a vocabulary of 435 words and reading material from Socrates and the Sophists to the world of myth, and finally to extended passages of lightly adapted Herodotus. Practice passages, exam papers and revision sentences for GCSE complete Part 2, which has a reference section covering the whole course.

Bloomsbury's companion website offers answer keys to Parts 1 and 2. 

For more advice about suitable resources, timescales and options for teaching GCSE Classical Greek, please email contact@classicsforall.org.uk

JACT Greek Summer School online resources

GREEK: Free online resources for those learning Greek (from beginners level to advanced)

Although this year’s JACT Greek Summer School had to be cancelled, many of the summer school tutors have been busy over recent weeks producing Greek video resources. This content is completely free to access and will be available on the website indefinitely. It includes: 

  • 10 language videos for beginners, starting with the very basics

  • 10 videos on more advanced language topics (pitched at GCSE level and beyond)

  • 5 mini-lectures (on topics linguistic, philosophical, historical, epigraphic, etc.)

  • 5 textual readings/explorations of favourite passages

  • A series of videos translating and exploring c. 200 lines of the key scenes of Oedipus the King.

Audio recordings of Greek set texts

GREEK: Audio recordings of four set texts for Classical Greek GCSE

In order to support the teaching of the Classical Greek GCSE course, we have produced four audio recordings of the literature set texts intended for first teaching in September 2020*:

*N.B Although these texts were due for first teaching in September 2020, OCR has decided to delay the introduction of these new texts until September 2022 due to Covid-19. The current set texts and topics (for which we have not produced recordings) will continue to be assessed until Summer 2022. While the four recordings above will not be directly relevant to those studying Greek at GCSE for another couple of years, we hope that they will still prove useful in the meantime for those wishing to get a flavour of how Greek may have sounded. 

With thanks to the A. G. Leventis Foundation for its generous support for our Electra Programme which works to introduce and develop the teaching of Ancient Greek in state schools. Thanks also to the Jowett Copyright Trust and to Professor David Langslow and Professor Philomen Probert for supporting this project. 

For more information, contact hannah@classicsforall.org.uk 

Ancient History GCSE resources

ANCIENT HISTORY: A comprehensive suite of resources for each module of the GCSE course

Classics for All has been working with the Warwick Classics Network (WCN) to create a comprehensive suite of resources for OCR Ancient History GCSE. This is the first phase of a joint project which has involved the collaboration of a team of academics and teachers across the country, spearheaded by Peter Wright of Blackpool Sixth Form (teacher of the year at the Times Education Supplement Further Educations Awards 2015), with major contributions from Anna McOmish of Aldridge School and Dr Maria Haley of the University of Leeds and Classics for All North, as well as content from Ben Windsor of HASLA, Kirsty Churchill of Cardinal Newman School, and a bit of tweaking and website design by Dr Paul Grigsby of WCN. 

We are grateful to OCR for the permission to use certain resources, which can also be accessed via their own website. Many of the images have been accessed from the Ancient History Encyclopedia which we recommend you check out for their wealth of material. These Ancient History resources are being continually created and updated, so keep an eye out for new content as it is published. We hope you find these resources useful and we invite you to give feedback by following this link

After this introductory presentation (An Introduction to Ancient History), the resources are organised by module:

The Persian Empire, 559-465 BC

From Tyranny to Democracy, 546-483 BC

Athens in the Age of Pericles, 462-429 BC

Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC

The Foundations of Rome: from Kingship to Republic, 753-440 BC

Hannibal and the Second Punic War, 218-201 BC

Cleopatra: Rome and Egypt, 69-30 BC

Britannia: from Conquest to Province AD 43-84

Revision resources

Romans in Focus

ANCIENT HISTORY/LATIN: 8 short videos on topics relating to Roman life and society

The Romans in Focus videos were developed by University of Cambridge School Classics Project with the help of a grant from the Department for Education.

This series of free five-minute videos takes a closer look at what life was really like under the Roman empire, from displays of power under Augustus, to identity and life as a soldier stationed in northern Britain. Each of the eight topics aims to explore and examine those who were often invisible in Latin literature, and to challenge and debate some of our most common misconceptions about these people and their lives. All the topics relate to the Key Stage 4 Latin classroom. They focus on Roman civilization rather than Latin language, and aim to encourage discussion rather than just giving facts.

The topics are:

  • Women and work
  • insulae
  • Freedmen
  • Auxiliary soldiers
  • Roman Law
  • Growing up
  • Constructing power
  • Religion

Advocating Classics Education (ACE) resources

CLASSICAL CIVILISATION: GCSE syllabus overview

Advocating Classics Education (ACE) is a UK-wide project aiming to extend qualifications in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History across the secondary sector. 

In 2019, ACE prepared a series of introductory talks, delivered by leading academics and tailored specifically for the GCSE and AS/A-level Classical Civilisation syllabi.

Talks, Powerpoints and handouts for the four GCSE modules (Myth and Religion, The Homeric World, War and Warfare, Roman City Life) can be found here

Classical Civilisation thematic resources

CLASSICAL CIVILISATION: collated resources by module

In collaboration with the Warwick Classics Network (WCN), we have been collating high-quality resources that are relevant to each of the modules on the GCSE Classical Civilisation syllabus. Resources include videos on the prescribed visual and material sources for each component of the course, plus other recommended resource packs and Youtube channels.

Follow the links below for access:

Thematic study: Myth and Religion (J199/11) and Women in the Ancient World (J199/12)

Literature and culture: The Homeric World (J199/21), Roman City Life (J199/22) and War and Warfare (J199/23) 

 

Laura Jenkinson: GCSE resources

Laura Jenkinson-Brown: free classroom resources

CLASSICAL CIVILISATION: GCSE resources

Teacher and author of Greek Myth Comix Laura Jenkinson-Brown has put all of her (extremely comprehensive) Class Civ teaching materials online, including links to Quizlets. Find them at https://ljenkinsonbrown.wordpress.com/portfolio/gcse-classical-civilisation/

Actors of Dionysus

CLASSICAL CIVILISATION: free practical drama resources to aid in the teaching and studying of Ancient Greek plays.

The Actors of Dionysus (aod) is a theatre company which aims to put flesh on the bones of ancient Greek drama and to provide innovative and accessible versions of this rich canon of work.

aodEducation produces a rich and varied outreach programme for schools, colleges, universities and young people. As part of their outreach work, aod provide free practical drama resources to aid in the teaching and studying of Ancient Greek plays. Antigone is the play of focus but most exercises and games can be adapted for different texts. 

KCL Classical Civilisation GCSE teaching resources

CLASSICAL CIVILISATION: GCSE teaching resources

A comprehensive set of teaching materials exploring the GCSE Class Civ themes. Free to download here.